Author: Lauren Destefano
Rating: D- Didn’t hate it; but didn’t like it either.
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.
With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.
Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.
In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I was really disappointed in the ending of this book. Rhine started this series as such a fighter. And she grew into being more of a fighter. Then she finally finds her brother and goes back to being a wus. She fell right back into her old family role. She didn’t fight the system, she became a willing participant in feeding society’s obsession with finding a cure.
The reader does find out what a “Chemical Garden” is. It was pretty anti-climatic. Rhine’s paretns bred she and her brother because they were on a path to a cure. Liden’s father used their research plus Rhine’s DNA to essentially engineer a virus that would lead to a cure.
Honestly, the character that I ended up being most impressed with was Cecily. Her character was more of a mewing child. She was annoying in the extreme, but she had the guts to do what Rhine didn’t do- kill the father-in-law. Of the three sister wives, she changed the most.
I would recommend reading the book just so you have an ending to the tale, but don’t be expecting an ending like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series.